How to Make Homemade Italian Sausage with Ground Chicken or Turkey

  • Author: Nancylynn
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


Can’t find a lower sodium Italian Chicken or Turkey Sausage for the 21 Day Fix?  Read on to find out How to Make Homemade Italian Sausage with Ground Chicken or Turkey!



1 lb lean ground turkey or ground chicken

1 T minced garlic (fresh!)

1 tsp parsley

½ tsp oregano

½ tsp basil

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp fennel seeds

½ tsp paprika

¼ tsp red pepper flakes (or more to taste – or omit if you want a sweeter sausage)

½ tsp salt

sprinkle of black pepper (or more to taste – you can add a lot more, I am just not a huge fan)

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp maple syrup (or sub honey)


Mix spices together.  Taste and adjust spice level if desired.

Add 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp maple syrup to 1 lb of ground meat.  Gently mix in seasonings, being careful not to over handle the meat.

If you have time, allow the meat to sit in the refrigerator for a few minutes or a few hours so the flavors can meld.  If you don’t have time, skip this step!  I usually skip 🙂

Brown your meat or cook according to your recipe directions!  

This recipe freezes well –  both cooked and uncooked.


21 Day Fix Containers – 1 Red, 1/4 tsp

Weight Watchers FS Points:  using 93% lean meat – 5pts per serving.  using 99% lean meat – 1pt per serving


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of skillet